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Match facts: Atlético v Fulham

Published: Sunday 9 May 2010, 17.23CET
UEFA.com delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Europa League final, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.
Match facts: Atlético v Fulham
Having knocked out Liverpool, another English club stand between Atlético and European glory ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Sunday 9 May 2010, 17.23CET

Match facts: Atlético v Fulham

UEFA.com delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Europa League final, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.

Atlético

UEFA milestones
• The final will be Atlético's 75th UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League outing.

UEFA Europa League statistics
• José Antonio Reyes (29) is the third most fouled player in the competition this season, with Panathinaikos FC's Giorgos Karagounis top of that list after suffering 33 fouls.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 8 May: Real Sporting de Gijón 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid (De las Cuevas 57; Baldé 71)
Asenjo (Joel 13); Valera (Ujfaluši 56), Juanito, Domínguez, Cabrera; Salvio, Camacho, Tiago, Antonio López (Koke 82); Jurado, Baldé.

• Quique Sánchez Flores rested several regulars ahead of the final, with Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán, Raúl García, Simão, Paulo Assunção, Luis Perea and David de Gea all sitting out their team's penultimate Liga match.

• Atlético travelled to Gijon by bus after airports in a number of Spanish cities were closed due to the volcanic ash cloud emanating from Iceland.

• Three days after the semi-final second leg against Liverpool FC, an Atlético team featuring five changes to the side that started at Anfield lost 3-1 away to Copa del Rey final opponents Sevilla FC.

• On 5 May, Juanito, José Manuel Jurado and Forlán scored as Los Rojiblancos bounced back with a 3-1 home victory against relegation-threatened Real Valladolid CF.

• Forlán is making another strong finish to a campaign on the scoring front. He scored 12 times in his final eight games of 2008/09, while he has managed nine in his last 13 this term.

Injury news
• Sergio Asenjo – out since 8 May (right knee)

• Starting in place of the rested De Gea against Gijón, Asenjo tore ligaments in his right knee and has been ruled out for six months. He was replaced by 19-year-old debutant Joel Robles – the fourth goalkeeper Atlético have used this season.

Miscellaneous
• A week after the UEFA Europa League final, Atlético will face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey showpiece at Camp Nou.

Fulham

UEFA milestones
• The final will be Fulham's 25th UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League fixture.

• Zoltán Gera's winner in the semi-final second leg was Fulham's 50th goal in UEFA club competition.

UEFA Europa League statistics
• Fulham forwards Bobby Zamora (43) and Zoltán Gera (27) have committed more fouls than any other players in the competition. Zamora, together with Panathinaikos FC striker Djibril Cissé, has also been ruled offside the most – 27 times in total.

• Zamora and Gera are the highest scoring players still active in the competition with six goals apiece since the start of the group stage.

• Only Werder Bremen's Mesut Özil and SL Benfica's Angel Di María – both with six – have contributed more assists than Bjørn Helge Riise (4).

Latest domestic information
Sunday 9 May: Arsenal FC 4-0 Fulham FC (Arshavin 21, Van Persie 26, Baird 37og, Vela 84)
Schwarzer; Pantsil (Kelly 59), Baird, Smalling, Shorey; Riise (Elm 46), Greening, Dikgacoi, Dempsey (Stoor 67); Okaka, Nevland.

• Roy Hodgson rested much of his first-choice lineup for Fulham's final Premier League game of the season. Defeat in north London meant the Cottagers ended the campaign with just two victories from their final 11 league matches.

• Fulham finished 12th on 46 points, five places and seven points worse off than last term.

• The defeat extended Fulham's winless run on the road in the league to 18 matches since beating Portsmouth FC 1-0 on the opening day of the season.

• It also meant that for the third time in the last five seasons they have registered only one away victory all campaign.

• A Fulham team featuring seven changes from the side which eliminated Hamburg defeated London rivals West Ham United FC 3-2 at Craven Cottage on 2 May.

• Three days later, an almost full-strength Fulham signed off for the season at home with a 1-0 loss to Stoke City FC.

• Fulham scored 12 first-half goals during 2009/10 − fewer than any other club in the Premier League except Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (also 12).

• Hodgson's squad exited the League Cup at the third-round stage following a 2-1 loss at Manchester City FC but fared slightly better in the FA Cup, bowing out after a quarter-final replay defeat by Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Injury news
• Bobby Zamora − out since 29 April (Achilles)
• Damien Duff − out since 5 May (calf)

• Zamora missed the final three league games because of a persistent Achilles problem, which forced his withdrawal during the second half of the second leg against Hamburg.

• Duff was replaced at half-time during the defeat by Stoke with a calf injury. "We hope it's not too serious," said Hodgson. "I hope he'll be fit for the final."

Miscellaneous
• The final will be Chris Smalling's and Erik Nevland's last match for Fulham before both leave the club in the summer. The former will join Manchester United FC, the two teams having agreed the transfer in January, while Nevland is returning home to Norway.

Last updated: 10/05/10 16.49CET

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